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Gas compressor station topic for two CMC meetings

John Colson
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO

SPRING VALLEY, Colorado – A controversial natural-gas compressor station proposed for a site on the Colorado Mountain College (CMC) campus here will be the topic at two meetings today on campus.

Two “informational meetings” are scheduled for the Student Services Recker Room, one at 2 p.m. and the other beginning at 6 p.m., according to a statement from CMC public relations official Debra Crawford.

Each meeting is scheduled to last about an hour and a half, and both are to be attended by school officials as well as representatives of SourceGas, the natural-gas distribution company behind the proposal.

The controversial site that was proposed originally has generated considerable opposition, leading to meetings among college officials, students and neighbors living in the area around the campus.

Last August, the college signed a 20-year lease with SourceGas on a five-acre site, adjacent to an existing natural gas pipeline across CMC property.

SourceGas said the compressor station is needed to boost the pressure on gas traveling through the pipeline, which extends from Rifle to the Avon area in Eagle County.

SourceGas had planned to start construction of the facility’s four buildings in May and finish by November 2012, according to documents on file with Garfield County.

The plan ran into trouble in March when neighboring landowners, students and some faculty members objected, saying they felt the facility would be visually intrusive and an inappropriate use of the college property.

Among other concerns, students and faculty objected to putting an industrial facility on land donated nearly 40 years ago by neighboring ranchers eager to have a college locate in the area.

An advisory committee, made up of students, staff, faculty and neighbors, has been meeting with SourceGas representatives about the issue.

A possible new location for the compressor was reported at a meeting in early April, but there was no word on Tuesday about whether that site had been selected or would be discussed at today’s meetings.

Calls to CMC and to SourceGas, seeking further information about a potential new site, were not returned on Tuesday.

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